Looksmart Home Inspections | Professional Home inspection services for New Jersy | License Number : 24GI00058700
Client Testimonials

Thank you John, I received the inspection report and I have to say I am very impressed at the thoroughness of it. I just went though the whole report and it was very easy to understand and loved the pictures in the report. I just emailed it to my Atty I am sure I will be discussing issues with him tomorrow. Thanks for explaining everything and for being so patient. You are a true professional.
Sonia A. Buzzelli

I actually researched dozens of inspectors, I contacted John approximately 10:15pm and he answered the questions I had concerning the services he provides. I could not have made a better choice he saved me thousands and helped me�re-negotiate my contract with his findings.
-A. Armstrong, Plainfield, NJ

"I’m extremely satisfied. I genuinely feel I choose the right person for the job. John was pleasant and most importantly informative and knowledgeable"
A. September, Oakland, NJ

"Thanks so much for such an amazing job on the inspection and for such a thorough and detailed report! I have to say - I remember the last home inspection we did about 6 years ago when we bought our last house - and I thought our inspector at the time was really good. Mind you, it was a smaller house, but his report was like 8 pages. Yours is over 40 with pictures and coverage down to the individual outlet, window, etc. So much really valuable detail!"
C. Cerruto, Glen Ridge, NJ

"Thank you for the outstanding service in inspecting our potential home. We really enjoyed meeting you and the time and care you put into inspecting the house. We felt as though you were inspecting your own house.�The report with the pictures was really very valuable and the turn around time was outstanding. We would definitely recommend you to others as well as call you again"
M.C Landing, NJ

"It was a great experience working with John. He has a very sharp eye. Very detailed and thorough inspection. John does not cut corners. After a home inspection with LookSmart you will know exactly what you are buying"
B. Aboulenian, Avenel, NJ�

"Home buying can be a very stressful experience.�Hiring John Martino at Look Smart was probably the easiest part of my home purchase. His fees are affordable and his schedule is very flexible. John is�extremely thorough with his inspection and�the inspection report can be completed�in less then 48 hours. I�was also�impressed by the�quality of his reports containing�photos and summaries of�his findings. I highly recommend LookSmart!!"
Yvett Plaza, Dover, NJ

"The home inspection was very thorough and the inspector (John) was very knowledgeable"
G. Urena, North Bergen, NJ

"Thanks again for coming out to the house twice.�You did a real through and professional�job"
I. Walsh, Flanders, NJ�

"I knew "Dilip cannot be wrong", when he recommended your name. I am extremely satisfied with the details of your work. Now, I am another client of yours, who will be talking about you in our friend circle".
S. Prandhan, Hackettstown, NJ

"I am very happy with the service. I received all that was promised....Very satisfied"
R. Khandelwal, Parsippany, NJ

Termite treatment

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

I performed a New jersey home inspection today and the client asked me how did I know that the home was treated for termites in the past. Thoroughly trained NJ  home Inspectors know to look for several identifying signs of termite treatments. Plugged holes roughly the size of a quarter may exist around the perimeter of the home in masonry areas such as walkways, patios, and driveways. This is where the pest control company injected the insecticide. Similar looking plugged holes may be found along the masonry foundation walls indicating another form of termite treatment (less effective). Termite bait stations that are in place around the home are another indication of an attempt at treatment. These bait stations are my least favorite for a variety of reasons. A proper termite treatment must treat the entire dwelling and all attached structures. While inspecting homes in NJ I come across spot treatments for termites. You simply can’t effectively spot treat for termites. The termites will just pack up their stuff and move to another area and eat that part of your house instead. I often find termite damage or activity while performing NJ home inspections. Make sure that you

Slate Roof Coverings

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

While performing home inspections in New Jersey I do come across my fair share of slate roof coverings. Slate roofing is a highly specialized roofing system that dates back hundreds of years. A slate roof is rather simple in design. It consists of thin layers of slates overlapped so they create a water tight covering. The question that I always get while performing home inspections in New Jersey is how long does a slate roof last. Typically the slate roof will late around 80 years. It really depends on the type of slate used and the manner in which it is cared for. Slates are secured using two nails per slate. Each slate overlaps two courses of slates under it creating a water tight covering. I was recently inspecting a home in Bergen County New Jersey and it had a slate roof that was really in bad shape. Typically the flashing fail, and the fasteners fail before the slates themselves will fail. That is why it is imperative to give the slate roof regular maintenance. The experienced slate roofing contractor will look for areas of loose and damaged slates and repair them. You should have a Slate roofing contractor come in once per year an inspect the roof for damage and areas

EIFS in New Jersey Home Inspection

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

While performing home inspections in NJ, I come across EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finish System) exterior siding quite often. usually this type of exterior siding is found on homes in more upscale areas however it can be found just about anywhere because the builders love it because it is easy to install (almost always installed incorrectly) and relatively inexpensive to apply. EIFS is basically a type of Styrofoam. The problem is that water or moisture can get behind the EIFS and once there it can not get out. The trapped water can cause wood rot, and is very conducive to mold growth. As a New Jersey home inspector it is imperative for me to identify this type of siding to my clients. When inspecting a home if I come across EIFS, I always recommend further testing by an EIFS specialist because if water is trapped behind the EIFS it is very expensive to remove all the exterior siding on the home. One of the very important things that we will be looking for as we perform your New Jersey home inspection is EIFS. In the future I plan to write an more in depth article about the use of EIFS and what defects are common. It is imperative that your New Jersey Home inspector is familiar

When you purchase your next home chose your home inspector wisely

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

When you purchase your next home chose your home inspector wisely.

Hiring a professional NJ home inspector before purchasing a home is a smart thing to do, but how does one find a non-bias inspector? Some people may ask, “what’s wrong with the real estate agent recommending a New Jersey home inspector to you a prospective buyer?” The answer is: A selling real estate agent works for their client. A home inspector works for the person who hires him/her (the prospective homebuyer.) For many agents, the temptation to recommend a less-thorough inspector is too great to resist. There have been many cases of unhappy buyers when agents refer home inspectors. There is a potential conflict of interest when a real estate agent recommends a particular home inspector or provides a list of preferred home inspectors.

Unlike some Home Inspectors, Look Smart Home Inspections, LLC is not beholden to anyone but YOU. Not to realtors. Not to builders. Not to banks. We are one of the very few independent home inspectors in New Jersey. Our only allegiance is to you – and to our many other valued clients who turn to us for the straig

Buying a house is one of life’s biggest decisions. Before you close, you’ll want a professional inspection of the house to ascertain its true condition. John Martino is a formally trained New Jersey home inspector and member of the American Society of Home Inspectors...ReadMore